Thursday, October 11, 2018

Texting And Driving,... STOP!!

I don’t know how many of you actually text and drive. I know I have been guilty of it. I have also been hit by a driver that was texting and it totaled my work van. I was lucky. I get to talk about it. My friend Wes’ wife cannot talk about it. While out for dinner on their second wedding anniversary, their vehicle was hit by a distracted driver. Rebecca had to be airlifted to Huntsville and didn’t make the trip back alive. All because a text message was so important. Man this is a hard one to do,…. a life was lost all because of a stupid cell phone. A human life,… think about that. And think about that the next time you pick up the phone to receive or send a text. Think about your own mother walking across the street and running over her all because you were distracted by a cell phone.

People,………… Please!!!! Put your phones down while you are driving. If you must talk,… CALL THEM and quit texting. Better yet pull over and have your conversation.

I want to share Wes' facebook post because it speaks volumes. The pain he is feeling, the senseless pain he is having to endure is just unfathomable to me. My mind cannot compute. But yet he and others like him have to deal with this kind of loss everyday. Wives, husbands, sons, daughter, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, you get the picture. People we know and love taken, stolen from us because we cannot put the dang phone down. It's time to stop. Here are some words from one that just lost his bride, his best friend and companion.

" These pictures are hard to look at, but I'm pissed off. If there is anything you can do to honor my precious Becca, it's to put your damn phone down and pay attention to your driving! Don't let another innocent life be lost because you are too stupid to pull to the side of the road. 5 extra minutes isn't worth the life of my wife, or anyone else's. There should be a mandatory minimum sentence for distracted driving, and I'm gonna do my damnedest to make it happen. If folks know that it's 5 extra minutes, or 5 years in prison, maybe this senseless stuff stop!"

Wes, you're in mine and so many others prayers.

Texting and driving folks,... this is what can happen,.........

Sunday, September 30, 2018


Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,... Ole Miss vs Alabama,..

The Good,.. So many things can be said here. This is probably the first time that I cannot find too much fault with anything Bama did last night. I said too much. But as a whole, both sides of the ball dominated along with special teams play. I expected a shoot out prior to kick off and after the first play that resulted in a TD for the RebelBearLandsharks,.. I figured my initial thoughts were correct. I couldn't have been more wrong as Bama reeled off 62 unanswered points. I've been watching Alabama football for a long time and so far,... this is the best offense I have ever seen on the field for the Crimson Crusaders. I'll also go out on a limb and say it's the best I've ever seen.

The Bad,... Not much. Run protection could be a bit better and the turnovers need to be addressed along with the penalties. But those are fixable. I try to not be a Bama homer but dang,.. this team is good.

The Ugly,... The tacky Ole Miss fans. I'm all for some ribbing our rivals. That's part of the game. I like nothing more than to be out in public, see an auburn fan and say Roll Tide to them. Usually they respond back with a war eagle, as they should. But what the Ole Miss fans did just goes beyond the friendly ribbing,...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Why Is Florence City Schools Checking Your Drivers License?,….


Well,…  t seems that if you have a child in the Florence city school system you will get your drivers license scanned and a background check will occur. I realize times have certainly changed but to do background checks seems a bit intrusive to me. I got this from one parent this week after checking her child out of school,….

I went to check my child out today and they scanned my license. I said I don’t have in warrants in front of everyone and the main secretary goes, “I know but we still have to check”.  And FPD was in the office at the same time. They must have a pager system or something when a parent comes to pick up their child.

So let me understand this,… You go to the office to pick up your child,… a scan is done of your license. What happens if the scan results in outstanding traffic tickets? Is the parent arrested? And while all of this is happening the child that is due at the doctors office (the reason for checking them out) either is late or misses the appointment altogether.

I do realize times have changed as stated above but this isn’t just in the child's best interest. The jail is overflowing as it is,… in my humble opinion this is going way too far.
The photo below is from Florence City Schools,….


Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly,... Louisville vs Alabama

Well the wait to see who would start at QB is now over. By the play of the quarterbacks it is obvious that Coach made the right decision. We knew he would no doubt but I really thought Jalen would get the nod first with Tua coming in later. I did think Tua was the better QB simply because he checks off his receivers better,... he goes through the progressions better. Tua won the team.

The Good,...  Tua's play,... for the most part it was as good as expected. Very impressed with his skills and judgment on the fly. Deionte Thompson is a beast in the secondary. The secondary as a whole played well against a pretty good passer and receiving crew. Defensive line play against the run was good. Louisville had something like 5 yards rushing after you deduct yards for a loss. The wide receivers for Bama really showed out. The play calling from the sidelines on both sides of the ball were good. Theres just numerous other things that I'm forgetting,... A good solid first game. But,....

The Bad,... Offensive line play was sporadic. It didn't matter if it were a run or pass play, the line failed several times against a defensive line they should have dominated. I'm still not sold on the kicking game. I knew punting was going to drop off since we lost JK Scott but I was hoping the field goals/extra point attempts would be better. Missing an extra point attempt is bad,... Penalties,... those must be eliminated and I know it was the first game of the season but some of those were mental mistakes. Those will improve I'm sure.

The ugly,... Coach Saban's face as he almost explodes on the sideline and after the game. You can read his face and see the wrath coming. The head official,... He looked a lot like he could be related to Coach Petrino,..  And that isn't a pretty sight.

Roll Tide!!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Shoals CASA,… Stand Up & Dance,…


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Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your pets*, and bring your hearts to show your support for CASA Volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.
*Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
5 pm Exhibition Polo Game
6-10 pm DJ Nate Slaughter
Our Little Kitchen Food Truck & Frios Gourmet Pops will be on-site for dining/desserts and accepting cash/debit card purchases.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink as well.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Voting For Progress,… Muscle Shoals Style,… Number Three,…

Some facts clearing up the misinformation floating around.
Actual Tax Cost - The 5 mills tax referendum is NOT a 67% Increase in Home Taxes as some have mentioned. It is actually a 67% increase on mills, not on taxes paid. The simple math is the taxpayer cost will be $50 a year for every $100,000 of assessed value of your home. For example a home that is appraised at $200,000 will have a tax increase of $100 a year or $8.33 a month. We want every citizen to have factual information to make an informed decision.

I’m sharing a post from social media with permission. Thank you Mrs. Ruggles.
Written by Lisa Reid Ruggles
Please take a minute to listen to our Superintendent correct misinformation that is being promoted. I am saddened by the personal attacks against our school leaders fueled by those who do not agree with this referendum. Why do we have to be so divisive and create animosity at a personal level? This is a vote about the future of our school system. One that I graduated from when it wasn't the strong system that is now. One that wasn't the largest asset of our city; one that wasn't the main reason families move to MSC. I moved back to Muscle Shoals 27 years ago just so my future children could attend a strong school system. Yes, we have a beautiful stadium and practice facility. Yes, we have a strong football program (I remember when the football stands were practically empty on a Friday night.) We have a strong basketball program, we have a strong volleyball program, we have a strong tennis program.......... we have strong academics, we have an award-winning band, please help me fill in the rest of the blanks___________________________.
Many of the comments that have been made by those who oppose this vote have been appalling and wrong. The accusations of personal gain by our School leaders if this vote passes is wrong. Stop the attacks and just go vote on Tuesday. Those who oppose this millage increase want a large turn out on Tuesday to send a message, well yes let there be a large turn out on Tuesday and yes let's send a message that we support our school system.

And lastly,… make an informed decision. Rather than listening to the misinformation from the “No” voters,… get informed. You can also find out more from the school system and Dr. Brian Lindsey on the facebook page,…  Muscle Shoals School System Click that highlighted link and get informed on the truth. Make an educated decision and don’t listen to the blatant mistruths and misinformation. Then vote your conscience.

When I use peoples opinions and views, I will ask for permission to use it. Unless they send it to me. Even then, I like to use real peoples thoughts. Not a figment of my imagination.